April 22 Argyle
April 23 @Luzerne
April 24 North Warren
April 26 Luzerne
April 29 @Fort Edward
April 30 HoosickValley
May 1 @North Warren
May 2 Corinth
May 6 @Hartford
May 8 @Warrensburg
May 10 Bolton
May 13 Fort Ann
May 14 @Glens Falls
The Lake George Girls Softball team enjoys an outstanding legacy that stretches back decades, and this year, local fans are anticipating a strong season to continue that tradition.
In 2012, the Warriors — combining strong defense and timely hitting — won the Adirondack League title, culminating in a scrappy battle with Argyle. The victory was the high point in a season that tallied a 13-3 record in the highly competitive league.
Although four accomplished athletes graduated last June — 2012 area All-Stars Chelsea Sipowicz, Amanda Chambers, Rebecca Kandora and Jamie Jarrett — there’s plenty of talent remaining, Warrior coach Kyle Manny said this week.
“We have a pretty good number of experienced athletes returning and some young players moving up,” he said.
Leading the campaign on the mound will be Amy Sander — also named a 2012 area All-Star — who not only has a solid pitching record, but is a good all-around player, Manny said.
“Amy’s a hard worker, and she hits to locations well, scoring some runs last year,” he said.
Manny continued that when she pitched in 2012, Sander mixed her various pitches well and had plenty of strikeouts, with the benefit of a strong defense backing her up.
Brittany Motta and Cassie Sipowicz, both junior veterans, will be among the players playing key roles on defense this year.
The team will also be relying on Senior Kelsey Alfonso, who had the highest batting average last year, Manny said.
“Kelsey is a standout on offense,” he said, noting she will be leading a lineup of power hitters.
Manny is also expecting athletic play and strong batting from senior catcher Alexis Cone; outfielder Emma Feathers who made a key hit in last year’s league championship game; Kenzie Baerstchi on either first base or second who Manny said has “a great glove and stretch at first;” Emma Underwood who will put her speed and athleticism to good use in the outfield; and Alyssa Condon with her admirable range as well as speed running the bases.
The strengths of the team are a good mixture of strength and speed, as well as timely hitting, Manny said.
“Our team members play sound fundamental defense behind good pitching,” he said. “They take advantage of their speed on the base paths.”
In addition, the 2013 Warriors can mix up a bunting game with power hitting, catching their opponents off-guard, Manny said.
“Our team has the ability to play the ‘small ball’ speed game, but we also have some power hitters,” he said. “We’re excited to have this dual-headed attack.”
Manny added that the players are dedicated to their goals, and are looking forward to playing — having fun as well as working with dedication towards divisional and league titles.
“Our team has good chemistry and we’ve got high hopes,” he said.